Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Elite of the Weak

I'd like to introduce you to the work of Precarious Yates. Her debut novel, The Elite of the Weak, is the first in a series for young adults. I've no doubt we'll be hearing more about this author's work in the future.

Sixteen-year-old Hadassah Michelman has one goal in mind, to sign up with Revelation Special Ops, an elite, Christian group (similar to the Marines or CIA), so she can join forces to fight against those who sell children as sex slaves. Nothing stirs Hadassah's emotions more than the abuse of these kids. In fact, it’s the only thing that makes her cry.
There’s just one problem. Since Hadassah’s underage, she needs the blessing of her parents to do so.
She speaks with her father, quoting what Special Ops considers one of its guiding principles regarding the elite group. “‘Weak because of a broken heart for the slaves and hostages around the world, and weak because the plight of one person is significant enough.’”
But her father won’t give his consent—yet.  
When Hadassah approaches her mother, who has served with the Mossad, the Israeli Foreign Intelligence, and who has trained Hadassah, her mother is skeptical. “Let’s see how things go in Liberia first. We’ll talk about sending off this application when you get back.”
While on her mission trip in Liberia, and on the dawn of her seventeenth birthday, Hadassah discovers her friends’ daughter is missing. Before the day is over, Hadassah dodges bullets, wild animals in the African jungle, including a black mamba, and helps to rescue her friends’ daughter—and fifty-nine other children—all with the assistance of a few bucks, some chewing gum, a mini transmitter, an iPod, a cell phone, and a hairpin camera.

She receives her parents’ permission to send in her application to Revelation Special Ops.
But the battle is only beginning.
After Hadassah arrives at Revelation Special Ops, she meets new friends, including an intriguing young man, endures rigorous training, and comes face-to-face with more opposition than she ever imagined.
Can Hadassah fulfill her goal of saving the children? Will she be able to get in and out of high security facilities? Can she keep the code?
With Yeshua’s help, Hadassah believes she can. She was born for such a time as this.
I applaud Ms. Yates for tackling these tough topics in her novel. She handles the subject matter with finesse and grace.
The Elite of the Weak shows how people can make a difference, no matter their age. Perhaps after reading this, others will stand up and do the same.

Available now in the following versions:




Meet the author: 

Precarious Yates has lived in 8 different states of the Union and 3 different countries, but currently lives in Texas with her husband, her daughter and their mastiff. When she's not writing, she enjoys music, teaching, playing on jungle gyms, praying and reading. She holds a Masters in the art of making tea and coffee and a PhD in Slinky® disentangling.

You can learn more about Ms. Yates and about the issues discussed in this novel by visiting

Book 2 of Revelation Special Ops, Pharmacia: Those Magic Arts, is due out in 2012.


  1. Compelling, and intense for the audience!

    "After Hadassah arrives at Revelation Special Ops, she meets new friends, including an intriguing young man, endures rigorous training, and comes face-to-face with more opposition than she ever imagined." Reminds me of La Femme Nakita (a very R-rated movie, but the early--and slower paced--version of many spy thrillers).

  2. It is compelling, V.J. I wish writers could tackle these tough topics more often. It is so desperately needed.

    I've not seen the movie you referred to. Because of that, I can't comment on the similarities in the storyline, but I can honestly say there's no comparison in the rating.

    Ms. Yates touched on tough topics in this story, yes, but she did so without ever straying into those areas. As I mentioned in the review, she penned this novel with finesse and grace.

    Thank you so much for stopping by, V.J. I appreciate your comment.

    God bless you.

  3. As a rule, I don't read Young Adult books. If I did, though, this sounds like one to read. Your description of the intensity, Deb, along with the setting and subject matter, is a compelling hook to try this new author.

    Thanks for the interesting little introduction to Ms. Yates ( would like to know a little more about her name).

  4. Thanks so much for stopping by, Pat. As always, I appreciate your comments.

    The author does have an interesting name, doesn't she?